Abby Emmitt has had both outstanding softball and bowling careers while at Augusta High School.
At one time, Emmitt considered going to Kansas Wesleyan to bowl because she didn’t think she was good enough to play softball at the next level.
One visit proved she was wrong about that. And she’s fine with that.
Emmitt visited Evangel University, an NAIA school in Missouri, and the softball coaches had her pitch one session. That was all it took for them to want her, and Emmitt said yes. She signed a letter of intent to join Evangel next year.
“When I went there, the only thing I did was pitch,” Emmitt said. “They didn’t see me field ground balls, hit or do anything else. My pitching, they saw that and said, ‘Yeah, let’d do that.’”
Evangel is a Christian school, which made her decision easier.
“It’s a Christian college, so my faith is a big part of it,” Emmitt said. “…And I really liked the campus.”
While Emmitt was an outstanding bowler, softball is her true sports love. She’s played it since she was young, and she’s excited that all that hard work has led to her achieving her dream of playing in college.
“It’s hard work, but it’s worth it,” Emmitt said. “It was always a dream of mine, but I never thought I actually had what it took until some people told me I did.”
One of those people was coach Shane Steinkamp. He wasn’t surprised that Evangel’s coaches liked what they saw in her after just one visit.
“She can go in and make a wave and a flash. When she throws, she has that opportunity to do some great things. She brings some talent to the table on pitching mound. But it’s just a tribute to her and the type of kid she is and the type of player she is,” Steinkamp said.
“He’s always helped me out with everything we’ve been working on, and building me up, not tearing me up. It just builds up my confidence,” Emmitt said of Steinkamp.
Steinkamp has helped Emmitt transform into a better all-around player with multiple roles. She’s been a starter, a closer, a first baseman—where she has great hands for fielding—and a hitter in the lineup after not hitting earlier in her career. Steinkamp said it’s been fun watching her grow and blossom into the type of player to help the program thrive.
“She’s taken on many different roles for us, and she’s been successful in each role she’s had, which has played a huge part in our success,” Steinkamp said.
In college, she may just stick to pitching, but anything is possible. But her arm is such a strong cannon. Her power has complemented her fellow Oriole pitchers, who focus on off-speed stuff.
“Abby’s going to come right at you with power and speed, not finesse,” Steinkamp said.
Emmitt, who said she’ll study Elementary Education in college, has done everything she has despite needing knee surgeries in her career.